Beehive: The '60s Musical -- A musical romp through the songs of 1960s singers, from Diana Ross to Aretha Franklin to Janis Joplin. Tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and July 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16. Showtimes vary. Tickets $18-25. Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall. Workshops: June 25 - discussion of women's role in 1960s music; July 9 - discussion of Vietnam War's effect on 1960s music; July 16 - discussion of the beehive hairdo's history and Baltimore associations (all free).

Gypsy -- Musical based on the life of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, her rise to stardom and the dreams of her overwhelming mother. June 30 and July 1, 2, 7, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22. Showtimes vary. Tickets $18-25. Mainstage Theatre. Workshops: July 15 - learn striptease at the Burlesque Boot Camp ($20); July 16 - discussion of 1950s American musical theater (free).

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe -- A one-woman show of 12 characters, intertwined to comment humorously on society. Starring Julie Herber. July 7, 8, 13, 16, 20, 21, 22. Showtimes vary. Tickets $16-23. Ruth Marder Studio Theatre. Workshop: July 20 - Discussion of relationship between Lily Tomlin, the play's original Tony award-winning star, and author Jane Wagner (free).

Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat and Betty -- A comedic play that shares the lives of three extremely different yet fascinating first ladies, starring Emmy award-winning actress Elaine Bromka. July 15 and 16. Showtimes vary. Tickets $16-23. Studio Theatre. Workshops: July 15 - Learn to analyze and interpret your voice, facial and body habits in the "Acting on Camera: Exploring your Persona" workshop ($20). July 16 - Discussion of first ladies, "First Women: Power, Image and Politics."

Sundays at 3 series

Piano Squared: Music for Four Hand Piano -- Pianists Arno Drucker and R. Timothy McReynolds unite to provide a family-friendly chamber music program featuring Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K.448, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Fantasy and Rachmaninoff's Suite for Two Pianos. Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets $12-20. Recital Hall.

A Woman is a Sondheim Thing -- Selections from composer Stephen Sondheim's musicals, including Saturday Night, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George and Sweeney Todd among others. Performed by soprano Carolyn Black-Sotir, pianist R. Timothy McReynolds and bassist Thomas Williams. July 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets $12-20. Recital Hall.

The Girl Singers: Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day and Peggy Lee -- The Brooks Tegler Orchestra and vocalist Sue Matthews pay homage to these three big band-era women. July 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets $16-23. Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall.


Air Heart -- Combines theater, history and simulated flight on an airplane sculpture to share the story of Amelia Earhart and the rewards of taking risks. July 21, 22, 23. Showtimes vary. Tickets $16-23. Studio Theatre. Workshops: July 22 - learn to be an aerial actor with the aerial theater workshop ($20); July 23 - discussion of Amelia Earhart's influence on the women's rights movement (free).

Capitol Steps -- The nationally renowned political satire troop takes a witty look at politicians and national issues. The troop is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. June 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets $26. Stephens Hall Theatre.

Opera on film

Information -- Music experts James Harp and Michael Harrison from the Baltimore Opera Company and Jonathan Palevsky of 91.5 FM-WBJC's Operafest host lectures on operas, then present the operas' films.

Turandot -- A sensually luxurious 1998 Forbidden City production. July 7 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Recital Hall.

Elektra -- A 1981 film of German composer Richard Strauss' masterpiece. July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Recital Hall.

Don Giovanni -- A classic among operas, filmed in 1979 and composed by Mozart. July 21 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Recital Hall.

Art exhibits

Information -- All galleries are open tomorrow through July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free admission. Galleries are also open 90 minutes before festival performances and remain open throughout intermissions. Opening reception for all exhibitions: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Center for the Arts.

Four Contemporary Women Photographers -- Contemporary photography by Susan Fenton, Alida Fish, Connie Imboden and Judith Taylor. Curated by J. Susan Isaacs, Towson University professor. Center for the Arts Gallery.

New Visions -- An exhibition of student works from Towson University's Master of Fine Arts program. Curated by J. Susan Isaacs. Holtzman MFA Gallery.

Highlights From the Permanent Collection -- Features the best from the Center for the Art's permanent Asian Arts Gallery. Curated by Suewhei Shieh of Towson University's Asian Arts and Culture Center. Asian Arts Gallery.

More information

The Center for the Arts -- is at Towson University, at Cross Campus and Osler drives in Towson. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the center, and across the street in parking lots 12, 13 and 14. For ticket sales, directions and more information, call the box office at 410-704-2787, or visit towson.edu/maf. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

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